Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Stand-in captain of India KL Rahul has been ruled out on the eve of the T20I game between India and South Africa due to groin injury. Hours after this news came to light, Rahul took to Twitter and penned an emotional note.

Wishing new skipper Rishabh Pant all the luck, Rahul admitted that he is gutted and the development is hard to accept. He also mentioned that he was looking forward to leading India for the first time at home.

“Hard to accept but I begin another challenge today. Gutted not to be leading the side for the first time at home, but the boys have all my support from the sidelines. Heartfelt thanks to all for your support. Wishing Rishabh and the boys all the luck for the series. See you soon,” Rahul tweeted.

Rahul’s exclusion will be a big setback for the hosts as the right-hander was in great form with the bat. With Rahul out, it is almost certain that Ruturaj Gaikwad would open with Ishan Kishan for the Men in Blue.